Building on the success of our 2019 and 2020 AI for Good Accelerator Programme, we’re teaming up with Microsoft and Microsoft for Start-ups for a third year – this time through the AI for Social Impact Programme.
We can’t escape the fact that COVID-19 has dominated 2020. That’s why we’re looking to shape a better future by supporting the UK healthcare and manufacturing industries – two of the areas hardest hit by the pandemic – to recover faster and better from COVID-19.
The programme reflects our belief that the biggest opportunity for AI is when people shape it to create the future they want to see.
Who should apply?
We are on the lookout for ambitious, purpose-led ventures driving tech solutions that are:
Future-proofing healthcare in the areas of:
> Prevention and early detection of cancer and other conditions
> Revolutionising healthcare settings
> Ensuring equitable access to healthcare
Revolutionising manufacturing & resources in the areas of:
> Creating more sustainable supply chains
> Building the factory & workforce of the future
> Transforming water & energy through renewables
What are the benefits of the programme?
For four months, beginning in March 2021, you will benefit from the resources, advice, and one-to-one support you need to help scale your impact driven AI project with Microsoft, Social Tech Trust and our other key partners.
Our expert-led programme covers everything from technical guidance to business development and marketing, packed with workshops, seminars, peer support and tightly focused modules on topics including AI and social impact frameworks.
There is the opportunity to…
> Work with Microsoft experts to develop your technical product and commercial go-to-market strategy.
> Work with Social Tech Trust team to embed scalable social impact at the core of your organisation.
> Implement AI in a meaningful, secure and responsible way.
You’ll benefit from:
> Focused interactive online workshops in small groups
> Have access to bespoke support through 1:1s with subject-matter specialists, including impact management and AI expertise to help you build your AI solution
> Dedicated mentoring from the expert teams at Social Tech Trust, Microsoft and Microsoft for Startups.
> Community activities, including online networking and themed events
>Peer support from fellow cohort members
> A host of opportunities to connect you with additional support, funding and raising your profile across our networks.
Founders that have previously taken part in the programme said:
“AI for Good has fundamentally changed our business. We have now developed a much more robust business that addresses the needs of both our customers and their customers. But more importantly this programme also made us focus on the wider societal and environmental impacts our software will have. This has completely changed the narrative of our business and I think this is why we are now seeing greater traction.”
Amanda Pickford, Founder and CEO, ThermaFY (2019 cohort)
“The quality of start- ups in the cohort was impressive. It really helped that the companies were all at similar stages and not competing. This allowed everyone to open up and continuously share experiences, which is incredibly liberating for an entrepreneur. We’re happy to have been part of the AI for Good programme and are excited to have Microsoft and Social Tech Trust as close advisors on our journey going forward.”
Tiernan Mines, CEO, Hello Lamp Post (2020 cohort)
Meet our previous cohorts
You could become part of our amazing alumni. Graduating in 2019 and 2020, our inspiring and imaginative cohorts are all on a journey to shape AI to transform the world for the better. Our alumni includes:
2020 AI for Good
Akari – A conversational app to help with accessibility needs.
Baobab – Using technology to enable access to justice at scale for law clinics, community advice centres, and pro bono legal operations.
BeneTalk – World’s first wearable speech tracker and digital coach for speech fluency therapy.
EcoSync – Cloud-based platform helping commercial buildings to stop heating empty rooms.
Good Boost – Provides affordable and accessible therapeutic exercise programmes through cutting-edge technology.
Hello Lamp Post – Helps cities better understand, communicate with and educate its citizens through playful conversations with street objects like statues via text messages.
miiCARE – Developed MiiCube with built-in sensors and Monica, a personal AI-based digital health companion to help the elderly live more independently and be safe, healthy and happy.
MyCognition – Tracks, treats and prevents poor mental health through a cognitive assessment and training app.
OrxaGrid – A socially driven team that envisions energy optimisation for a reliable, affordable and sustainable energy future for all.
Signly – A pioneering British sign language online translation tool for webpages to make them deaf friendly.
2019 AI for Good
Access Earth – a free platform that allows you to find and rate places by your accessibility needs.
Agricompas – an agricultural data analytics company that provides knowledge and decision support to improve the technical, environmental and economical efficiency of crop value chain processes worldwide
Agrimetrics – provides data, infrastructure and expertise needed to solve global food and environmental challenges.
BetterSpace – an employee wellbeing platform that empowers employees to understand and take control of their own wellbeing, and give them the tools to do so.
Citymaas – a global platform, built for communities to find accessibility information before they travel.
ev.energy – manages electric vehicle charging, automatically optimising for a greener, cheaper charge.
iDyslexic – a social app for those living & working with dyslexia & ADHD, with built-in secure classrooms connecting parents, students, teachers and caseworkers.
Immersive Rehab – engaging and motivating digital therapeutics using virtual reality to improve the effectiveness of physical & neuro-rehabilitation.
ThermaFY – Thermal imaging reporting software that improves people’s lives by analysing heat patterns
Upstream Health – provides innovative technologies and new service approaches for health and social care teams, making a positive difference to clinicians, patients and families.
WeWalk – the world’s most revolutionary smart cane and app developed for ultimate visually impaired mobility.
You can discover more about our 2019 and 2020 cohorts and the outcomes of the programmes in ‘Our Impact Journey’.